Operator Licence Requirements and Safety Guidelines. Discover the ins and outs of operating a digger in the United Kingdom.
Learn about the importance of competence and training, the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) role, and the specific requirements for operating on public roads versus private land.
No, you do not need a valid driver’s licence or an operator’s ticket to legally use a digger on private construction sites, land, or access roads. However, the operator needs to be competent and trained in using the digger and have read and understood the operator’s manual.
However, you must have a valid driver’s licence if you operate a digger excavator on public roads in the United Kingdom.
The Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) is ultimately responsible for providing and maintaining a safe work environment and ensuring that the operator is competent to operate the digger.
All construction sites require an NPORS or CPCS excavator 360-degree ticket to operate a telehandler on a construction site. Please find NPORS or CPCS training centres listed on our site.
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